Contractor Tools

  1. #184 – When Can You Use a Drywall Access Panel and When Do You Need a Fire-Rated Access Panel?

    #184 – When Can You Use a Drywall Access Panel and When Do You Need a Fire-Rated Access Panel?
    QRFS looks at the fire and building code governing access panels to help consumers decide when it's safe to install standard, non-rated drywall access panels—and when it's necessary to choose a fire-rated panel instead.
  2. #182 – How to Detect and Fix an Underground Standpipe Leak, Part 2

    #182 – How to Detect and Fix an Underground Standpipe Leak, Part 2
    QRFS explores how simple pipe accessories and specialized tools—from ground-penetrating radar to infrared imaging—can expedite the task of finding and fixing a leak in the underground pipes serving standpipe systems.
  3. #181 – How to Detect and Fix an Underground Standpipe Leak, Part 1

    #181 – How to Detect and Fix an Underground Standpipe Leak, Part 1
    Flow tests and hydrostatic tests can uncover problems with private fire service mains serving a standpipe system. QRFS explains how standpipe testing procedures can point to a leak underground.
  4. #179 – CPVC Pipe and Fittings in Fire Sprinkler Systems: Use and Care

    #179 – CPVC Pipe and Fittings in Fire Sprinkler Systems: Use and Care
    CPVC pipe offers a quick and easy way to install fire sprinkler systems in light-hazard applications, without the expense or hassle of using metal. To implement a successful design, installers have to be aware of compatible chemicals and uses, product care, and listed uses.
  5. #173 – Sammy Screws vs. DeWALT HangerMate®+ Fasteners for Hanging Pipe

    #173 – Sammy Screws vs. DeWALT HangerMate®+ Fasteners for Hanging Pipe
    A comparison of the features and benefits of Sammy Screws and DeWALT HangerMate+ fasteners used for hanging pipe in fire sprinkler systems and other applications.
  6. #157 – Heat Tracing Fire Sprinkler Systems: When, Where, and How

    #157 – Heat Tracing Fire Sprinkler Systems: When, Where, and How
    Heat tracing can protect sections of pipe in wet fire sprinklers from freezing, providing a viable alternative to installing or retrofitting more complex and expensive dry pipe or preaction systems. QRFS explains various types of heat tape, including NFPA standards, cost, and maintenance requirements.
  7. #154 – What is Water Hammer and How Does it Impact Firefighting?

    #154 – What is Water Hammer and How Does it Impact Firefighting?
    Closing or opening a valve can cause a sudden surge in pressure, threatening water-based systems and the people who work around them. QRFS explains the phenomenon known as water hammer, describing what is, how it works, and how it impacts firefighting and the design of fire protection systems.
  8. #153 – How to Remove Concrete Anchors: The Complete Guide

    #153 – How to Remove Concrete Anchors: The Complete Guide
    Contractors of all kinds rely on concrete anchors, but these fasteners' impressive grip can make them particularly tricky to remove. QRFS takes a look at established and emerging ways to quickly remove concrete anchors.
  9. #146 – Heavy-Duty Fire Sprinkler Head Guards Protect Sprinklers from Hard Hits

    #146 – Heavy-Duty Fire Sprinkler Head Guards Protect Sprinklers from Hard Hits
    Collisions with sprinkler heads can cause costly flooding — but standard fire sprinkler cages may not be strong enough to withstand the hits some sprinklers are likely to face. QRFS looks at a line of heavy-duty fire sprinkler head guards designed to address the vulnerabilities in high-impact environments.
  10. #141 – How to Use and Troubleshoot a Hydrostatic Test Pump

    #141 – How to Use and Troubleshoot a Hydrostatic Test Pump
    How do you properly use a hydrostatic test pump? When can you troubleshoot a hydrostatic test pump on your own and when should you contact the manufacturer? Learn to prime, start, stop, and safely pressurize pumps with this guide from QRFS.

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